January 24, 2024

Move to the left


Spend five minutes planning and you know it takes six or more. Everything moves to the right. What we thought could happen in two weeks takes three, the three-month plan takes four, the financials are correct but the date’s a year out.

We get so used to moving things to the right that we forget they might just move to the left. Sometimes … just for want of asking … things can happen faster than you expect. A little request here, a small incentive there, the hint of a suggestion that today is better than tomorrow … and some people will move faster than you thought.

Maybe they’re well organised, maybe they have a hole to fill, maybe they too are the kind of person who gets frustrated when everything shifts to the right. Maybe they’re about to call you.

Skippy strategy: If you want it to happen quicker, no harm in asking.